Jennifer Lawrence was closing in on a starring role in Oliver Stone‘s Savages — an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel of the same name, in which the polyamorous gal playmate of two pot-dealing buddies is kidnapped and held ransom by a drug cartel — but that fell apart when she got swept off to compete in The Hunger Games. Many names were in the mix to take over the role, but Blake Lively became the frontrunner. Now she’s confirmed for the film, and John Travolta and Uma Thurman are joining her for the ride. Learn more about the parts they’ll be playing after the break. Read More »

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Last month there was exciting word that Quentin Tarantino has a script nearly ready to go for a new film, and that it would be in the style of the spaghetti western, and feature Christoph Waltz.

Now while promoting her new film Ceremony, Tarantino muse Uma Thurman has talked briefly about the script and her comments seem to confirm assumptions about the nature of the new script. Read More »

For all you Gerard Butler fans hoping the star of 300 and RocknRolla had grown out of his Ugly Truth/Bounty Hunter romantic rut, we’re very sorry. He’s just signed on to star in Playing the Field, a “soccer comedy,” along with Uma Thurman and Jessica Biel. Butler will play a former soccer pro who agrees to coach his son’s team and finds himself fending off gorgeous soccer moms. Biel will play his ex-wife who is getting re-married and Thurman will be one of the soccer moms. Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) will direct a script by Robbie Fox (So I Married An Axe Murdered, In the Army Now). Read more after the jump. Read More »

Max Winkler’s ‘Ceremony’ Trailer

Magnolia Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Max Winkler‘s feature directorial debut Ceremony. I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival, where I wrote the following: “Ceremony feels like the first movie from a filmmaker we need to watch — a fantastic feature debut. His screenplay is filled with complex, interesting and engrossing characters, and his film has fantastic performances across the board.”

Ceremony stars the very underrated Michael Angarano (Almost Famous, Snow Angels) as an aspiring children’s book author named Sam Davis, who convinces his former best friend Marshall (played by the also underrated Reece Thompson of Rocket Science and Assassination of a High School President) to spend a weekend with him to re-establish their friendship. But Sam has secret ulterior motives — he plans to infiltrate and break-up a wedding ceremony being held at a big Gatsby-esque-sized beach house in Long Island because he is in love with the bride, an older woman named Zoe (played by Uma Thurman).

Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Ceremony’ Poster

Magnolia Pictures has released a movie poster for Max Winkler‘s feature directorial debut Ceremony, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Check it out right now after the jump. I heard the movie trailer will hit in the next couple days — so stay tuned for that.

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We’ve all seen roasts on Comedy Central. The Roasts of Bob Saget, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner and David Hasselhoff come to mind as humorous events where a very famous person sits on stage and less famous, but more funny, people stand there and make awful, awful jokes about them. Most of the time though, I watch those and think, “I wish I cared about this person more.” This week, a roast happened film fans can care about.

Quentin Tarantino got roasted at the Friar’s Club in New York City on Wednesday and was ripped to shreds by the likes of friends Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Eli Roth and Edgar Wright as well as more traditional roast participants like Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin and Richard Beltzer just to name a select few. The star studded event isn’t scheduled to air on television anytime soon, so we’ve compiled a bunch of the best jokes made at the event and even found a video that’ll give you an idea of the fun vibe. Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires Max Winkler’s ‘Ceremony’

Risky Business has learned that Magnolia Pictures has acquired the US distribution rights to Max Winkler‘s feature directorial debut Ceremony, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This means that the film will be shown theatrically and will likely have a day-and-date video on demand availability on nationwide cable.

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TIFF Movie Review: Max Winkler’s Ceremony

Yesterday, I attended the premiere of Max Winkler‘s feature directorial debut Ceremony at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The 27-year old USC film school graduate and son of television actor Henry Winkler (Fonzie on Happy Days) is probably best known as the director of the popular Clark and Michael web series which starred Michael Cera and Clark Duke. In 2005, he co-wrote and co-directed a short film titled The King of Central Park, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Malibu International Film Festival and Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The short is wonderfully awkward, sometimes Wes Anderson-like, especially in the music, use of slow motion and symmetrical framing.

You could definitely see he has a unique voice and sense of comedy, which led to a few writing assignments: He co-wrote The Adventurer’s Handbook with Jonah Hill and Matt Spicer, which SNL Digital Shorts/Hot Rod helmer Akiva Schaffer is attached to direct at Universal. He also co-wrote a football script, a big screen adaptation of the short story Whispers in Bedlam for Jason Reitman.

He has been trying to get a feature film off the ground for the past few years. He sold a Charlie Kaufman-esque script to Fox Searchlight titled The Ornate Anatomy of Living Things, about a “bookstore clerk living in Manhattan discovers a museum run by a strange old man that exists solely for the purpose of studying his life.” But for some reason or another, the project never went into production. He has instead decided to take the low budget approach and independently produced his debut feature.

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More first looks up today, kicking off with a low-key photo showing Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari in action for 30 Minutes or Less. If the photos don’t thrill you, remember that the film is directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer, and that Danny McBride is also in the mix as a criminal who forces Eisenberg to rob a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest. The script is funny and slightly savage, and I’m looking forward to this one. [Grand Rapids Press via GatW]

After the break, images of Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano in Ceremony, and of Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place. Read More »